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Mr. Goldian

Todd Goldian

Food & Beverage Director, The National

Todd Goldian was named Food & Beverage Director in May 2018 after serving as Executive Chef at The National for less than a year. He leads the culinary program at The National Conference Center, including guest dining, banquets and award-winning catering for West Belmont Place and Black Olive Bar & Grill. Since being with the culinary team at The National, Mr. Goldian has expanded the farm-to-table cuisine creating partnerships with over 60 farmers, wineries, breweries and local artisans. He has taken The National to a hyper-local culinary experience.

Mr. Goldian's management and cooking style focuses on using local and seasonal ingredients and then transforming them to create flavor profiles from around the world. His experience with international clientele has helped to facilitate this approach with Italian, Thai, Southwest, Japanese, Mexican, and regional American cuisine.

Drawing from his extraordinary blend of fine dining skills gained while at the 5 Star Mobile and 5 Diamond AAA rated restaurant, The Inn at Little Washington to elegant banquets at two Washington DC luxury hotels, including The Willard and The Ritz Carlton to corporate dinning at the highest level, Mr. Goldian has full control of the culinary experience at The National. With 917 guest rooms, the 880 seat Dining Room and Northern Virginia's largest ballroom (16,552sf) which accommodates 1,000 guests or intimate affairs for ten, Mr. Goldian finds himself at home.

Graduating top of his class at Johnson and Wales in Virginia Beach, Mr. Goldian has served and cooked for royalty, professional sports teams, presidents, politicians, and many high-end weddings and holiday parties.

 Mr.  Goldian, 39, resides in Herndon, VA with his wife and daughter.

 


Please visit http://www.conferencecenter.com for more information.

Mr. Goldian can be contacted at 703-729-8000 or sales@conferencecenter.com

Coming up in September 2019...

Hotel Group Meetings: Uncommon Destinations

The last few years have been good to the Hotel Group Meetings industry and that trend is expected to continue into 2019. Planners are brimming with confidence due to an expanding economy and increased job creation, which typically results in a boost in corporate meetings. Given this promising outlook, planners are trying to outdo themselves to satisfy the high expectations of their clients. One notable trend is to integrate unusual settings into the meeting experience, hosting groups at local zoos, aquariums, museums, event centers, or other outdoor facilities. The goal is to embrace uncommon destinations, rather than a typical hotel conference room, so that meetings can be memorable, unique and stimulating. This is also part of another trend which is to support all things local - from hosting events at landmark city venues; to catering through local restaurants, food trucks and microbreweries; to hosting off-site excursions like agri-tours, athletic events or scenic 5k routes. However, though the setting might be spectacular, there are still some bedrock components that must be provided to ensure a successful meeting. Free, high-speed Wi-Fi is still one of the most requested services. Planners have to make sure that a comprehensive communication infrastructure is in place so clients can easily connect - and stay connected - to the network throughout the entire meeting experience. Also, technology tools can be used to streamline the booking, registration, and check-in process, and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) materials can be utilized to ensure seamless access to conference events. There are also numerous software tools that encourage audience participation, as well as integrating polls, Q&A, surveys and games into speakers' presentations. The September Hotel Business Review will examine issues relevant to group meetings and will report on what some hotels are doing to promote this sector of their operations.